The Country Road: Stories

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New Directions Publishing Corporation
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5.1 X 8.2 X 0.4 inches | 0.3 pounds
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About the Author

Admired by Thomas Mann, Hermann Hesse, and particularly Rainer Maria Rilke, Regina Ullmann became famous with the 1921 publication of this collection. After a difficult life ("I went by the detour instead of by the way"), she died in 1961.
In 2010 Kurt Beals was a finalist for the Best Translated Book Award for Anja Utler's engulf-enkindle, and in 2012 he won the first ever German Book Office Translation Prize. His translation of Regina Ullmann's The Country Road was published by New Directions in 2015.


A pure poetic talent: everything is full of mystery.--Hermann Hesse
To read your book for me is such a multiplicity of joys that I can only gradually cope with it.--Rainer Maria Rilke, in a letter to Regina Ullmann
Her voice is something holy.--Thomas Mann
A triumphant translation.
Regina Ullmann has a sense of authenticity and a touch of genius.--Robert Musil
Ullmann is a one-off, an original, a really deeply peculiar writer.--Michael Hofmann
Its language feels timeless--rich and cavernous and haunted.--Kevin Nguyen
Ullmann delicately balances each of her characters' emotions on a pinpoint, presenting both the beauty and fragility of every momentary feeling.--Jan Anspach
It's as if Ullmann takes biblical wisdom literature, strips it of all moral judgment, and then spins it with rotating moments of natural bliss and existential fear.--Jonathan Sturgeon